Corruption tree

8367f8134cThe charticle depicts the corruption tree as presented by Jack D. Smith and the Repatriation Group International. The corruption tree concept could be used in various anti-corruption programmes to illustrate why fighting corruption is so important for a broad array of human development issues.

Source: Jack D. Smith and the Repatriation Group International, 2015 (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

“The West has spent over $2.3 trillion on foreign aid in the past 60 years, hacking away at poverty, disease, armed conflicts, environmental degradation and other evils afflicting the planet’s peoples. Yet, progress has been painfully slow because these problems can never be solved without striking at the root from which they all grow. That root is corruption – the single greatest impediment to economic and social development across the globe. As World Bank President Jim Yong Kim puts it, “Let’s not mince words: In the developing world, corruption is public enemy number one.””

​Source: Easterly, William. The White Man’s Burden; Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, Penguin Books (2007)

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